Davey Mo (a/k/a Dave Moresi) was born in Chicago and can't remember a time when he did not play musical instruments. The son of a professional musician, and himself a former professional jobbing musician in rock, blues and jazz genres, Dave's jazz radio show is heavily influenced by the blues, and by jazz/rock fusion, with all aspects of the jazz spectrum represented.
For Dave Overby, music has been a lifelong pleasure. He has sung in numerous choirs, early music groups, barbershop quartets and union singfests. Jazz, however, is closest to his heart. Dave notes jazz is the ONLY totally American art form, it's greatest creation. The Jazz Clubb attempts to honor and remember traditional, swing and modern performers. Dave is a retired program specialist with The Illinois Department of Human Services and a newer homeowner in Mt. Pleasant.
Dave's 45-plus career in radio included stints at WLIP, WRJN and the old WLTQ in Milwaukee. Long-time WGTD listeners appreciate Dave's conversational style and professionalism. Dave has been with the station since 1998, serving as local host of NPR’s Morning Edition.
Dobie Maxwell is a nationally touring standup comedian, veteran morning radio personality and first time author with his new book, “Monkey in the Middle”. Dobie was diagnosed with Type Diabetes on Father’s Day 2011. He’s been trying to make an insurance claim on his pancreas ever since.
Greg has been with WGTD in various capacities since 1986.
In addition to his duties at WGTD, Berg is a member of the Carthage College music faculty, teaching private voice lessons, directing the school’s opera program and serving as the principal accompanist for the Carthage Choir.
Greg also fills the role of Music Director at the Racine Theatre Guild and is the Minister of Music at Holy Communion Church in Racine.
He performs frequently with area music groups.
Jayne has been a strong advocate for community involvement since moving to Kenosha in 1980 to join the WGTD news staff. After serving as news director for 6 years there, she became the director of the newly established Kenosha Convention and Visitors Bureau. While staying an active volunteer in a variety of Kenosha and Racine not-for-profit organizations, she filled various marketing and communications roles in the natural gas industry, then at Gateway Technical College.
Jeff served in Racine Unified for 38 years--16 of them as a teacher of English/drama/speech and 22 years as an elementary and middle school principal. Jeff currently is president of the Racine Area Retired Educators Association. He's also the part-time Music & Worship Director at St. Mary by the Lake Parish.
Joe Mooney, a retired Racine Police sergeant, was first introduced to the jazz by volunteering at a Sergio Mendez concert at Historic Horlick Field in 1966. He spent his third shift police career learning about jazz by listening to Ron Cuzner on WFMR radio. Joe helped manage Harbor Fest Music Festival, he started and runs Jean’s Jazz Series at the Racine Theatre Guild and Joe also chairs the committee that operates Animal Crackers Jazz Series at Racine Zoo.
Joe’s goal for Jazz Ala Carte is to expand the listener’s jazz perspective.
John Nickelsen is a retired educator, having worked the Racine Unified School District as teacher and educator. John began his volunteer work at WGTD in 2003. He produced various programs for the Gateway Reading Service. John now designs and broadcasts "At the Water's Edge", a jazz program which airs over WGTD each Saturday night at 10:00 p.m. In addition to his volunteer work for WGTD, John's other interests are travel, photography, spending quality time with his family, and writing. As a matter of personal accomplishment, John has written a novel -- just to see if he could do it.
Joseph Mangi is a stallworth in our local educational landscape. Mangi started his career teaching elementary and middle school students. Mangi then served as a high school, middle school, and elementary school principal for over thirty years with the Kenosha Unified School District. Mangi moved on to serve as the Superintendent of the Kenosha Unified School District three times; 1995-1996, 2007-2010, and 2013. Mangi is now the President of “Peace Learning Circles;” a conflict resolution organization specializing in teaching elementary school students peaceful ways to engage with their communities. Mangi is also currently a professor with National Louis University helping train educators in the Chicago area to become principals and educational administrators.
Karin has lived and taught in five states (IN, NJ, IL, PA and WI) at every level from pre-K through graduate school, and is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Carthage College in Kenosha. She has also served as an adult literacy tutor, an educational researcher, and a library trustee. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and the History of Education from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in History from Lawrence University in Appleton.
Community interests and concerns have been at the heart of Laura’s professional endeavors, as evidenced in her previous work as a journalist at the Racine Journal Times and The Milwaukee Journal, her commitment to human rights issues while working with the Racine Dominican sisters, and her support for equity in education as executive director of the former SOAR of Racine Inc. and currently as an adjunct instructor for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Laura, a mother and grandmother, lives with her husband, Steve, in Racine.
Len, a Kenosha native, is trained as a journalist at Northwestern University in Evanston (BSJ) and Columbia University in the City of New York (MSJ). He is active in local, regional and national organizations serving children and families.
Mark Filwett was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1987. Up to that point, Mark lived the 1980’s & 1990’s On-Air Radio Dream, being terminated from some of the BEST Radio Stations in the country. His Radio trail ended in 2002 when a co-worker almost killed him — by accident, of course. Mark has been married to his beautiful and talented wife Jackie for 25 years. They have one son, Paul, who works for Apple.
Mike is a host on WGTD’s “Education Matters” and “Saturday Night Bandstand.” He is a retired lawyer and teacher who served as a Kenosha County Family Court Commissioner for 15 years. He currently keeps busy as a special education support volunteer at Bullen Middle School through the Federal Senior Corps. program. His “Saturday Night Bandstand” shifts are an opportunity for him to close the studio door, dim the lights, lean back in the "air chair" and listen to his favorite jazz
Mike Falkofske served on the Kenosha Board of Education for 3 years. He currently volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America Program He has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
Sam Chell’s style is just as smooth as the music he plays. Sam is a retired Carthage College English professor and an accomplished performing pianist. Hear some interesting anecdotes while being entertained by the best in jazz.
Sammy Rangel is a national thought leader. He currently leads and co-founded Life After Hate, Inc., a Unique non-profit organization founded and operated by former violent extremists. He is the author of FOURBEARS: The Myths of Forgiveness, an autobiography, chronicling physical and sexual Abuse he endured as a child which eventually led him down a path of self-destruction (including more than 15 years in prison) and his path of change and recovery. Rangel’s “Ted Talk” has been watched over a quarter million times. Rangel recently testified as an expert before the U.S. House of Representatives during a hearing on terrorism prevention. As an international speaker, podcaster, coach and radio personality his messages of healing and transformation are highly sought after and captivating.
All of Tim's programs that currently air on WGTD FM and 24/7 Jazz WGTD HD2 are being drawn from the archive. After a long and illustrious music teaching and performing career, Tim passed away unexpectedly Oct. 18th, 2017. Tim's last concert took place the night before his death.
Troy McDonald is the Development Specialist and resident Millennial at WGTD. Since the age of 15, he has hosted a variety of podcasts, TV shows including the accomplished “The Troy Show.” Troy interviewed New York Times Best Sellers, WWE Wrestlers, among other national guests. Troy now helps facilitate the digital growth of the WGTD brand including serving as Director of “WGTD Sports Live on Facebook,” the only weekly live sports programming in the state of Wisconsin exclusively on Facebook.